- Type: Golf, Recreation
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Despite being surrounded by desert, Phoenix is emerging as a premiere golf destination. In fact, the Valley of the Sun is home to several hundred courses with difficulty levels ranging from beginner to expert.
Finding the right course may be a feat in itself, thanks to all of the options. But for an authentic Phoenician golf experience, follow in the footsteps of movie stars and politicians and head to the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club. Constructed in 1928 and known as "the granddaddy" of Phoenix country clubs, the Arizona Biltmore is home to two 18-hole PGA Championship courses, as well as a driving range, a putting green, a pro shop and a full-service restaurant. Because of its reputation, you'll want to reserve tee times well in advance, plus, you should plan your tee time for early morning or later in the evening to avoid the Arizona heat. The club is part of the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Downtown Phoenix. Reserve your tee-times online at the course's website. Prices and availability may vary.
Other courses worth checking out include the two courses at Gold Canyon Golf Resort on the eastern side of the Valley, which has been referred to by both experts and travelers as some of (if not THE) best public courses in Arizona; the Phoenician Golf Club at the base of Camelback Mountain and the Papago Golf Course, which can be found nestled among the red buttes of Papago Park.